Bjarke, Rem and Zaha battle to join Sou Fujimoto and SANAA at Budapest museum park

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BIG, OMA and Zaha Hadid Architects have all been shortlisted to design a major new museum in Budapest, which will be built alongside cultural buildings by SANAA and Sou Fujimoto.

Fifteen architecture studios have been named on the shortlist for the new Museum of Ethnography, also including MVRDV, Coop Himmelb(l)auBernard Tschumi Architects and Dominique Perrault Architecture.

The list is completed by GMP Architekten, Architecture Studio, Sauerbruch Hutton, Emre Arolat Architects, Napur Architect, Bánáti + Hartvig Architects, Közti Zrt, and Balázs Mihály and the BUTE Faculty of Architecture.

National Gallery of Hungary by SANAA
SANAA was chosen over Snøhetta to design the National Gallery of Hungary

The building will form part of a new museum complex in the Hungarian capital's City Park, alongside Sou Fujimoto's House of Hungarian Music and the SANAA-designed National Gallery of Hungary.

Named the Liget Budapest Project, it is one of Europe's largest museum developments. It forms part of a major overhaul of the 122-hectare park, including the revitalisation of the city zoo.



The new Museum of Ethnography was going to be designed by French studio Vallet de Martinis DIID Architectes, but the plans were scrapped after the organisers changed the proposed location of the building.

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Sou Fujimoto won the competition to design the House of Hungarian Music

The museum was established in 1872 and is the foremost institution of ethnographic science, European ethnology and cultural anthropology in Hungary. It is currently located in a Neo-Renaissance palace.

Set to open in 2019, the new building will make it possible to exhibit a much larger quantity of the museum's collections.

The Liget Budapest Project will also include a new theatre, but plans for other new buildings have been dropped – a series of existing buildings will be renovated instead.

  • tia

    They should definitely cooperate, haha.

  • Stephen Mallory

    An open competition, but the same old characters duke it out. Boring.

    • Meme

      But there are many names that I didn’t know, like:

      “Emre Arolat Architects, Napur Architect, Bánáti + Hartvig Architects, Közti Zrt, and Balázs Mihály and the BUTE Faculty of Architecture”

  • Granero

    Hungarians don’t even want these museums there (much better locations are available), it is just the stupid government.

  • ember

    Megalomaniac dream of a dictatorial politician.

    • Augustus

      During the process the government will renovate the park, which is basically a mess today, and getting worse year by year, clear out the parking cars, install sport grounds, play fields for the children, running court etc., along with the new museum buildings that are also welcome additions. Why would you call that a “megalomaniac dream”? Everyone will benefit from the investment.

  • famous

    Always the same story, same people. It is (becoming) boring.